Theoretical frameworks for the study of "myth" in the contemporary study of religion

Course Information
TitleΘεωρητικές προσεγγίσεις του «μύθου» στην ακαδημαϊκή μελέτη των θρησκειών της αρχαιότητας και της σύγχρονης εποχής / Theoretical frameworks for the study of "myth" in the contemporary study of religion
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorPanayotis Pachis
Course ID600019339

Programme of Study: Anamorfōméno PPS Tmīmatos THeologías (2020)

Registered students: 1
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter-3

Class Information
Academic Year2020 – 2021
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
After the completion of the lectures, students will be able to: - distinguish the contemporary theoretical and methodological discussions that may be applied to the research of religions / cults of antiquity - analyze the basic terms (categories) (such as "myth”, logos”) by representatives of modern research of the ancient world - evaluate the characteristics of the ancient world
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Respect natural environment
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The term “myth” is not our own recent invention; it comes to us from ancient Greece. Because it is with the Greeks that any commentary on myth must begin, surveys of the history of myth studies typically began by recounting the difference between mythos and logos. The above classification has become a predominant form of discourse in popular and scholarly approaches to myth. This tactic reinforces particularly the ambiguous nature of the category “myth”. Although it is usually used as a simple classificatory term to set off one kind of discourse from another, it turns out that the category is often intellectually committed to an a priori clean distinction between fact and fiction, us and them, rhetorically wielded to reinforce these oppositions by coordinating them with a scale of moral, social and political values. Hence the power to label someone’s story as myth and to classify our world-view as “scientific”, is not only to classify stories, but people, societies and cultures. The apparently distinction between false and true tales (mythos vs. logos) is therefore loaded with social significance and consequence.
Myth, logos, ritual, gods, heroes, narration.
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Use of Power Points during the lectures (and presentations). Collaboration with the students during the Seminars through E-Mails.
Course Organization
Reading Assigment241.0
Written assigments100.4
Student Assessment
Writing of papers -Discussion(s) - Evaluation of current scientific theories and methodologies. The rating of the students is a result of their above efficiencies during the Semester.
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Assignment (Formative)
  • Oral Exams (Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
. P. Pachis, D. Wiebe (eds.), Chasing Down Religion: In the Sight of History and the Cognitive Sciences. Essays in Honor of L.H. Martin, Thessaloniki: Barbounakis Publications, 2010 (Εύδοξος).
Additional bibliography for study
Bremmer Jan N.,The World of Greek Religion and Mythology.Collected Essays, Bd. II, (Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament) Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019. Bremmer, J. N., “Myth and Ritual in Ancient Greece. Observation on a Difficult Relationship“, in: R. von Haehling (ed.), Griechische Mythologie und Frühchristentum, Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2005, 21-43 Johnston, S.I. (ed.), Religion. Narrating Religion, MacMillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, Farrington Hills, Mich -San Francisco -New York-Waterville, Maine -Merriden,Conn.- Mason, Ohio – Chicago: GALE, 2017. Johnston, S.I., The Story of Myth, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2018. Kenna,Ralph MacCarron Máirín, MacCarron Padraig (eds.), Maths Meets Myths:Quantitative Approaches to Ancient Narratives, Cham: Springer, 2017. Lincoln, Br., Discourse and Construction of Society: Comparative Studies of Myth, Ritual, and Classification, New York: Oxford University Press, 1989. McCutcheon, R.T., “Myth”, in: W. Braun -R. T. McCutcheon (eds.), Guide to the Study of Religion, London-New York:CASSELl,200, pp.209-208. Vernant, J.P. ,Μύθος και Θρησκεία στην αρχαία Ελλάδα, μετ. Μ.Ι. Γιόση, Αθήνα: Σμίλη, 2000.
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